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Hrafnsmál - "Ravensong". A valkyrie and a raven having a conversation. Illustration to Hrafnsmál or Haraldskvæði by Þórbjörn hornklofi. Augustus Sandy, Anthony Frederick, The Ravens, Frederick Augustus, Ravens 1862, Nor Mythology, Valkyrie Speaking, Free Encyclopedias, Art Mythology
The Valkyrie is, in the oldest strata of belief, a corpse goddess, represented by the carrion-eating raven. Valkyries also appear as lovers of heroes and other mortals, where they are sometimes described as the daughters of royalty, sometimes accompanied by ravens, and sometimes connected to swans or horses.The name in Old Norse, valkyrja, means literally, "chooser of the slain." She decided who falls and dies in battle. The Valkyries, as demigoddesses of death, had their legend conflated wit...